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leader, nancy pelosi here in the congress, and all of the members assembled here are committed to deal for the very first time this horrible gun violence that is going on and deal with it in a meaningful way. so i think all of the witnesses for being here. i join with all my colleagues in the very importance of this matter. what is important is addressing the mental health crisis in our country are you in which so many people suffer from some form of a mental problem. i applaud you all for being here, and i look forward to this very important call to action. >> thank you, mr. conyers. i would now like to introduce the chair of the task force. mike thompson of california. >> thank you very much, madam chair. leader nancy pelosi, thank you for organizing today's hearing. and thank you to the witnesses who came to share expertise with us and your experiences with us. as a gun owner, i believe that we should protect the second amendment rights. as a father and a grandfather, i also believe that we have a very important responsibility to make sure that our schools and our streets and our
any commitment from democratic leaders like harry reid? nancy pelosi? especially harry reid that they will push the assault weapons ban? >> again, this was addressed earlier. the legislative strategy will be something that is worked out with legislative leaders. the fact is to the president is committed to the renewal of the assault weapons ban. a number of senators are. i think there are a variety of things that we need to have done legislatively, and the president has already put forward some of those in terms of how that plays out, i think we have to wait and see, but he is committed to acting, and you will -- i think you have seen something that reflects that which is, the vice-president, at the president's request, took on this task of bringing people together, formulating proposals and recommendations of the holidays and in the midst of the fiscal clarified and no other physical challenges and debates that we are having with congress and did an extraordinary amount of work in order to present to the president a series of recommendations that he said -- could choose fro
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